Ralph G. Fischer has experience in patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law including litigation, patent solicitation, licensing, trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings, International Trade Commission investigations, registration of trademarks and copyrights with the United States Customs Service and related exclusion proceedings.
Ralph practices in the fields of patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. His work involves a wide range of technical subjects including mechanical, electrical, electronic, e-commerce, biotech, chemical, metallurgical and computer fields. Ralph has obtained and litigated patents on a variety of products including computers, communication systems, business methods, medical devices, devices and systems used in the minerals industry, kilns, safety products, office furniture, window coverings, luggage, toys and other consumer products.
Ralph was honored by his peers and selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list each year since 2013. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® consistently since 2019 under the Litigation - Intellectual Property and Patent Law categories. He has also been selected as an "Associate to Watch" by Chambers USA. In 2021, Ralph was recognized by the IAM Patent 1000.
Examples of Ralph's work include:
- In Ren Judkins v. HT Window Fashions Corp., (W.D. Pa. Civil Action No. 07-251), Ralph served as trial counsel and appellate counsel for client Ren Judkins. During the representation, a jury verdict of willful infringement of a patent directed to double cell cellular shades and a permanent injunction against the willful infringer, HT Window Fashions Corp., were obtained. 704 F.Supp.2d 470 (W.D.Pa.2010). These rulings were upheld on appeal. 2011 WL 1296161 (Fed. Cir. 2011) (unpublished).
- In Ex Parte Reexamination No. 90/010,443, Ralph served as counsel for a patentee during an ex parte reexamination that resulted in the issuance of a reexamination certificate upholding the validity of the reexamined patent.
- Drafting of patent applications and prosecution of patent applications directed to office furniture, window coverings, mineral processing systems, cement manufacturing systems, communication devices, communication systems, medical devices, and safety products.
Inventors, authors, programmers and business managers have sought Ralph's counsel in negotiating and drafting licenses as well as obtaining patents for them. Inventors have also sought Ralph's counsel in negotiating various contracts related to the development of certain consumer products, masonry products, construction products and application software.
Ralph has also handled all types of trademark disputes. He has successfully registered logos, and other trademarks and service marks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Examples of U.S. trademark registrations Ralph has helped obtain include:
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,940,524 for vTour
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,893,044 for TheSnipLine
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,806,660 for E & S
- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,608,504 for Live Life Counterclockwise
Ralph also has experience in opposition and cancellation proceedings. For example, in Opposition No. 91160352, Ralph helped successfully resolve an opposition to obtain registration of a trademark.
While in law school, Ralph was recognized as being one of the top students in the field of intellectual property law. He was awarded the ABA/BNA Intellectual Property Law Student of the Year and was also awarded the Student Leadership Award by the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association. Ralph was also awarded a Samuelson/Glushko Fellowship. During his fellowship, he wrote "The Expansion of Intellectual Property Rights by International Agreement: A Case Study Comparing Chile and Australia's Bilateral FTA Negotiations With the U.S.," which was published in the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. Ralph was also a notes and comments editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., 2005, Dean's Scholarship, Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association Student Leadership Award, CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Intellectual Property and Patent Law, ABA/BNA Intellectual Property Law Student of the Year, 2005; Notes and Comments Editor of the Journal of Law and Commerce, Samuelson/Gushko Fellow
Case Western Reserve University, B.S., 2002, Chemical Engineering
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Allegheny County Bar Association
Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association
Adjunct Professor of Patent Law Practice, University of Pittsburgh Law School
Holy Family Foundation, Board Member